In the ever-evolving world of horology, Speake-Marin takes us on a captivating journey with the introduction of the ACADEMIC Black Tie at Watches and Wonders 2023.
Drawing inspiration from the timeless balance and harmony of yin and yang, this exquisite timepiece is a testament to the delicate equilibrium between contrasting forces.
The concept of balance and harmony has long been a driving force in various cultural and philosophical contexts. The ancient Chinese cosmology of yin and yang speaks to the complementary nature of seemingly opposing forces, such as feminine obscurity and masculine illumination. Speake-Marin captures this essence in the ACADEMIC Black Tie, an elegant timepiece that showcases the interplay between darkness and light.
Though black is not technically a color, it is often hailed as the epitome of sophistication and elegance, particularly in the world of fashion. From the classic “little black dress” to the black-tie dress code, the deep, rich hue has become synonymous with stylish events. Speake-Marin’s ACADEMIC Black Tie embodies this chic sophistication with its polished black lacquer dial, adorned with Roman numeral hour markers at 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. The black matte indices are treated with Super-LumiNova, ensuring optimal readability in any lighting conditions.
Adding a touch of contrast and balance to the intense black dial, the Speake-Marin ACADEMIC Black Tie features central rhodium-plated Speake-Marin hour and minute hands. The gray chapter ring of the small second counter at 1:30, coupled with the gray minute track on the flange, subtly delineates time while the orange markers every five minutes add a pop of color. The Speake-Marin signature positioned across from the small seconds completes the harmonious design.
Powered by the automatic movement Calibre SMA03 with a fully-integrated micro rotor, the ACADEMIC Black Tie boasts a power reserve of 52 hours. The redesigned round tubular Piccadilly case, crafted by Eric Giroud in 2017, along with the large fluted crown and folding buckle on a black leather strap, are all made from Grade 5 titanium. This demonstrates Speake-Marin’s commitment to excellence in both design and engineering.
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Available in 38mm and 42mm sizes, the Speake-Marin ACADEMIC Black Tie is a stunning timepiece that masterfully blends the yin and yang of life. A symbol of harmony and equilibrium, it serves as a constant reminder of the intricate balance that exists within and around us.
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